CANDLER — The Lake Weir Hurricanes and the Bradford Tornadoes finished their Spring game Thursday night tied 16-16 after three varsity quarters.
The Hurricanes opened scoring in the first quarter, going up 3-0 after a field goal from Nixon Mejia, who converted three field goals on the night.
The Tornadoes only had two scoring drives in the game, but scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion on each.
An 80-yard touchdown run from Bradford’s Pedro Carter was called back on a penalty halfway through the second quarter, but two plays later, Carter found James Martin who took it 85 yards down the left sideline for the game’s first touchdown. The ensuing two-point conversion gave Bradford the 8-3 lead.
One possession later, an eight-play drive was capped off by Bradford’s Erric Smith, who went up the middle for a short touchdown to give the Tornadoes a 16-3 lead after the two-point conversion to end the half.
Lake Weir had the ball to start the second half and answered with a touchdown of its own. A long drive was capped off by a rushing touchdown from Deiontae Simpkins, who made his debut at quarterback for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes kicked a field goal in each of their next two possessions, including the tying kick with three seconds left in the third quarter to end the game tied at 16.
“To go into halftime down 16-3 and fight and go tie it back up in the last varsity quarter on a last second field goal — these kids got some fight, and it’s going to be a very special season for us this year,” said Lake Weir Head Coach Knox Robinson, who’s in his first year at the helm for the ‘Canes.
“We got a bunch of kids bought in and a lot of positive energy going around,” said Robinson. “I think we’ve got something special brewing. It’s one thing to have talent, it’s another thing to have a group of kids that fight, and we’ve got fighters.”
The Hurricanes will play Ponte Vedra in the Fall Classic on August 17, and then open up their season at home against Weeki Wachee on August 24.